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Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hives (Definition)

An outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). They can vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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Red blotches all over body, not itchy though. Is this hives or something else?

Red blotches all over body, not itchy though. Is this hives or something else?

Hives: Hives are usually raised and itchy. You need to see a doctor to evaluate your rash, the cause and potential treatments. ...Read more

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1 or 2 raised hives on the body every day (they look like a semi-sphere, red, itchy, and disappeared in 20 minutes) is it serious? About 10 month

1 or 2 raised hives on the body every day (they look like a semi-sphere, red, itchy, and disappeared in 20 minutes) is it serious? About 10 month

Probably not: If the problem is so temporary, it is unlikely to be serious. If it starts to bother you more often or becomes more severe, see your doctor. Another approach would be to take an antihistamine every day to see if it would stop the hives even though I don't really think it is necessary. ...Read more

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At night I get itchy burning hives all over by body. If I scratch it gets bigger. And it hurt last couple hours to days. The appearance is red.?

At night I get itchy burning hives all over by body. If I scratch it gets bigger. And it hurt last couple hours to days. The appearance is red.?

Urticaria: Hives can be due to many things including:
1. Allergies to pollens, mold, dust, food, drugs and bee stings
2. Infections like hepatitis
3. Autoimmunity
4. Complement deficiency – acquired or hereditary
5. Vaculitis
6. Idiopathic – unknown cause – very common
treatment may include antihistamines, steroids, h2 blockers and if very severe, cyclosporine
scratching can cause dermatographism. ...Read more

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Can you get hives from a spider bite? I seem to have broken out in hives all over my body (red itchy bumps) and I found a spider the next day.

Can you get hives from a spider bite? I seem to have broken out in hives all over my body (red itchy bumps) and I found a spider the next day.

Urticaria: Finding a spider probably has nothing to do with your hives, just a coincidence. Urticaria (the medical term for hives) usually is an allergic reaction to something. If you're taking any medications, that might be the cause. See a doctor ASAP to help determine the cause and for treatment to reduce the itching. ...Read more

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I've broke out in what looks like hives, my entire body is red, warm, and itchy. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not working is there anything else OTC that will work?

I've broke out in what looks like hives, my entire body is red, warm, and itchy. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not working is there anything else OTC that will work?

Anti-Histamines: Hello. The best thing you can do is stop the exposure to what is causing the hives. If you do not know this then you can ask for help from a trusted medical advisor.

Epsom salts or oatmeal baths may help soothe the skin. There is also anti-itch lotions to try. ...Read more

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Itchy red spots/bumps all over body. Looks like hives but not sure. How should I proceed?

Itchy red spots/bumps all over body. Looks like hives but not sure. How should I proceed?

Antihistamines: Hives tend to move and migrate, come an go, are itching, and usually don't last for more than 24 hours. 1st generation antihistamines will work the fastest, such as benadryl (diphenhydramine). For longer lasting effect, taking a daily 2nd generation antihistamine such as zyrtec, claritin, or allergra will be helpful. If they persist, seeing an allergist would be helpful for prescription medications and work up. ...Read more

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I break out in random, red blotches all over my body. Sometimes they get very itchy, then they become hives. Skin allergy?

I break out in random, red blotches all over my body. Sometimes they get very itchy, then they become hives. Skin allergy?

Red blotches: It could be a skin allergy but also something taken internally like medicine or food could cause the red blotches. See an allergist for help. ...Read more

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Whenever I hold cold things my fingers get swollen red and itchy and my top lip swells. Also if it touches my body I get hives there, what is it?

Cold urticaria: You have a condition known as cold urticaria or cold hives. The condition is caused by the release of histamine. Try to avoid the cold. Take anti histamines when exposed. If you know you will be exposed to cold you can use vaseline on your hands or face to try to reduce the effect. ...Read more

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I have bed bug bites all over my entire body. Possibly infection. Itchy not painful. Some are red with dry blood. 100s of bumps and hives. Treatment?

I have bed bug bites all over my entire body. Possibly infection. Itchy not painful. Some are red with dry blood. 100s of bumps and hives. Treatment?

Antihistamines: Are a good "start" but the MAJOR effort here is the DISPOSAL of the affected sleeping materials or ERADICATION of the bugs (very frustrating often not effective methods) I would "vote" for DISPOSAL!
BTW if infected the bites need local ans well as possibly systemic (antibiotic) treatment!
Good Luck. Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have developed a rash-like hives on my face on friday. It is swollen a little, with redness and itchiness, and it is still there. What could it be?

I have developed a rash-like hives on my face on friday. It is swollen a little, with redness and itchiness, and it is still there. What could it be?

Many possibilities: Itchy facial rash can be from allergic reaction to drugs, chemicals, cosmetics, insect bites and many others. Start with your primary care doctor for examination and treatment. ...Read more

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Can fungus be the cause for itchiness all over body especially arms and head with no signs of hive redness or dandruff tingly feeling and itch tests?

Can fungus be the cause for itchiness all over body especially arms and head with no signs of hive redness or dandruff tingly feeling and itch tests?

Generalized pruritus: Pruritus, or itch, is defined as an unpleasant sensation that provokes the desire to scratch. Certain systemic diseases have long been known to cause pruritus that ranges in intensity from a mild annoyance to an intractable, disabling condition. Generalized pruritus:renal pruritus, cholestatic pruritus, hematologic pruritus, endocrine pruritus, pruritus related to malignancy, and idiopathic. ...Read more

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Not hives no redness cluster of small hard clear fluid filled bumps on heel of palm on both hands palms and soles of feet itchy Benadryl (diphenhydramine) no help?

A form of dermatitis: There are a few different conditions that may cause such a presentation. This could be due to an organism. But there are a variety of causes which could be due to eczema or a less common condition called pompholyx. It can be challenging to diagnose in a clinical presentation, so I'm thinking the blisters should be cultured and biopsied. Some rx's usually include a topical steroid. ...Read more

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Super itchy and red everywhere. I don't think it's hives so what should I do?

Super itchy and red everywhere. I don't think it's hives so what should I do?

See your doctor: Determine what you reacted to, and eliminate it. See your doctor for treatment, overall flushing needs to be evaluated if you are red all over. ...Read more

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Hives or bites? Itchy red lesions seem to have center but only occur on/right after weekend (at home).No pets, upmarket apartment, frequent exerminator.

Hives: Hives are usually red raised bumps that may come together to form larger patches. They typically last less than 24 hrs. In one area and often move to different site. There is usually not any central ulcer or mark (this is more characteristic of folliculitis (pimple) or insect bites. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have hives but it not itchy and I want to know how do I get these red spot to not pop up no more?

What should I do if I have hives but it not itchy and I want to know how do I get these red spot to not pop up no more?

Rash: Hives usually present as red, raised, itchy lesions that can be small or large. "Hives" are often used non-specifically to describe many different skin lesions so I would have your rash looked at directly in order to make the correct diagnosis. Hives do tend to itch and individual lesions usually appear and resolve completely within 24 hours. See your doctor for further treatment and evaluation. ...Read more

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My sister gets these itchy red hives after she takes a hot shower. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what it could possibly be and if there is some type of over-the-counter cream or medicine she can use that would help with these.

My sister gets these itchy red hives after she takes a hot shower. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what it could possibly be and if there is some type of over-the-counter cream or medicine she can use that would help with these.

Try tepid showers: As stated your sister has cholnergic urticaria brought on by the hot showers. Instead of hot showers she might try taking tepid showers instead, i.e. Reduce the temperature of the water. ...Read more

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